The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans this week to release details of a clean-air program expected to phase out older, dirtier trucks at port terminals.
The plan will not ban owner-operator container haulers as part of the effort, however, in contrast to efforts at the Port of Los Angeles.
In addition to encouraging the replacement of older trucks, the program will include other measures to reduce port-related emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter.
New York-New Jersey is one of several U.S. ports that have introduced or plan to introduce programs aimed at scaling back pollution from drayage operations. The most controversial one has been in Southern California, where the American Trucking Associations has challenged Los Angeles' requirement that owner-operators be replaced by employee drivers over the next five years.
The ATA contends portions of the Los Angeles program not related to environmental efforts illegally preempt federal regulation of trucking under provisions regarding interstate commerce, and courts have so far sided with the trucking group.
The chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently sent a letter supporting efforts to amend the act to allow local pre-emption, but the port's clean-air plan does not include a Los Angeles-style ban on owner-operators.
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